SL Chosen to Demonstrate Plug-and-Play User Interfaces for Catalyst Project

Fine Grain NGOSS Solves Critical Industry Challenges

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Nice, France (TeleManagement World 2002)—May 14, 2002—SL Corporation, a leading provider of software applications and development tools for the graphic display of real-time data, today announced that SL-GMS J/Net was chosen to create the plug-and-play user interface for the Fine Grain NGOSS (New Generation Operations Support Systems) powered Catalyst Project.

“Thriving in today’s changing telecom industry requires quick migration of service providers to efficient, scalable, reliable, secure and contemporary technologies. In response to this need, the Catalyst project allows service providers, system integrators and vendors to work together to solve commonly agreed upon industry challenges,” said SL Corporation’s CEO, Tom Lubinski. “The Fine Grain NGOSS approach provides for a graduated migration path to these technologies and we are excited to take part in this program.”

Chosen by the Fine Grain NGOSS group to provide the user interface components for the Catalyst project, J/Net was used to create topological displays describing the current status of the Fine Grain network—dynamically showing in real-time the physical and logical connections of the network, as well as the status of individual elements and hardware components. J/Net was also chosen because of its unprecedented flexibility to provide both high-performance Java applications and compact applets to be used in handheld wireless devices and as a user interface client for a Web Service.

In the Fine Grain demonstration scenario, which is also showing at the upcoming SUPERCOMM show (Booth # 20658), the initial network will be placed in a state where a QOS SLA violation is about to be approached. The J/Net topology display component will indicate alarm conditions on the network. This QOS event will activate a work order which is sent to a service engineer with a wireless PDA device. The J/Net work order component will then display the work order and a graphical display of actual equipment shelf status and indications where to place a new card in the shelf to complete the work order. New services are then provisioned and the topology display will indicate new physical and logical network connections and status. The Fine Grain NGOSS system also incorporates a web service component which provides performance metrics describing the overall health of the network as well as the time taken to complete critical business functions. J/Net provides the visualization of this Web Service data via a compact Java applet with real-time histograms and data representations in a browser.

About Fine Grain NGOSS
TeleManagement Forum’s Fine Grain NGOSS is an approach realized through specific infrastructure services that enable the cooperation of a multitude of technologies and business functions suitable for building Operations Support Systems for New Generation Networks. The aim of the Catalyst project is to define a service-oriented architecture with real-time  plug-and-play capabilities. Fine Grain’s ability to recognize the independence of the components from the system at large, enables Service Providers to realize increased value from their existing hardware and software investments, enabling the building of specialized components and the evolution of existing ones. With Fine Grain, applications can be deconstructed into more granular service-based components, which can be reassembled to perform the same, as well as new business functions. Fine Grain NGOSS promotes the building of specialized and focused components, the evolution of existing ones and the implementation of business goals via policy.

About SL Corporation
SL (Sherrill-Lubinski) Corporation was founded in 1983 and is a leading provider of graphic software for real-time data display. SL-GMS (Graphical Modeling System) has maintained its leadership position as the most technically advanced and cost-effective solution for creating customized displays for the visualization and control of real-time events and processes. SL products have been licensed worldwide in over 45,000 mission-critical applications throughout the industries of network management, process control, transportation and aerospace. Customer implementations include ABB, Agilent, Alcatel, CalTrans, Compaq, and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). These customer collaborations serve to stimulate the development of new functionality and enhancements to the evolving product line of SL-GMS solutions. For additional information, contact SL Corporation, 240 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Phone: 415.927.8400; Email: info@sl.com

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